The car, which is owned by Hollywood tattoo artist “Bugs,” originally started life as a humpback sedan but was transformed into a chopped three-window coupe. All body panels were either handmade or modified to create a longer, “Zephyr” style Westergard-inspired kustom, according to a press release from Goodguys.
In addition to the chopped top, the low and sleek look was achieved by lowering the rear 8 inches and adding 10 inches to the handmade rear fenders. Fender skirts and running boards were also fabricated, and a Bentley hood skin was used for the decklid area. The headlights are from a Chevy truck, and the distinctive grille came from a White truck. The car was finished off in a ruby brown metallic. It sits on a custom frame with a four-link rear suspension, a Ford 9-inch and a 350/350 combo. The custom dash, which features a Chrysler Imperial gauge cluster and clock, helps to carry out the car’s art deco theme. The steering wheel, originally from a 1946 Pontiac, has been modified and features a hand-carved center. The car’s knobs, shifter and pedals are also custom-carved. Stitching was done by Dave Martinez.
Other finalist for the Grundy Kustom of the Year title included Brian Zelenka’s 1953 Chevy, Tony Feil’s 1940 Pontiac, Bob Davidson’s 1950 Ford and Everett Plata’s 1950 Ford convertible.